How many non-Catholic American adults today are NOT aware of the Catholic anti-abortion crusade against legalized abortion in the first trimester?
In addition, how many non-Catholic American adults today are NOT aware that the Roman Catholic Church is officially against the use of artificial contraception?
American Catholics have made many non-Catholic Americans aware of their church's teachings against legalized abortion in the first trimester and against the use of artificial contraception.
But is there any hope that American Catholics who are against legalized abortion in the first trimester could change their way of thinking about abortion in the first trimester?
TWO LAY CATHOLICS DEBATE CATHOLIC ANTI-ABORTION POLITICS
Maybe there is a wee bit of hope that Peter Steinfels might persuade some of his fellow Catholics to think again about that moment of conception claim. But George McKenna remains unconvinced by Steinfels' argument.
In the American Catholic anti-abortion crusade, the bishops and priests have popularized the claim that distinctively human life begins at the moment of conception.
I agree that at the moment of conception a new life-form emerges when the sperm fertilizes an egg, but it is an infrahuman life-form. My position is that distinctively human life comes into existence at the moment when the fetus becomes viable and can live outside the mother's womb.
Over the years many lay American Catholics have been willing foot soldiers in the Catholic anti-abortion crusade against legalized abortion in the first trimester.
But then in the
Then in September, George McKenna, another lay Catholic, replied at length to Steinfels in the Human Life Review, a Catholic journal.
Now, Steinfels has replied to McKenna in Human Life Review.
But neither Steinfels nor McKenna understands the import of the claim used in the Catholic anti-abortion crusade for the church's teaching against the use of artificial contraception. (Disclosure: When I was in the Jesuit order in the Roman Catholic Church, I did graduate studies in theology, including Catholic moral theology, at the
Roman Catholics are indoctrinated to out-source their thinking about morality to the Roman Catholic bishops acting collectively through the teaching function of the church that is known as the magisterium (formed from the Latin word for teacher, "magister"). In matters of faith and morals, the church supposedly has teaching authority.